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Mottled

Anas fulvigula

Dabbling Ducks Family

Waterfowl Identification

 
Male Mottled
male
Female Mottled
female
Similar Waterfowl:
Black Duck
Description:
Mottled ducks have a mottled brown body, bluish-green speculum with black and white bands. The mottled duck has yellow or orange feet.
Typical Size:
The male and female average 21 inches in length and weigh 2 1/2 pounds. They have a wingspan of 36 inches.
Habitat:
In the coastal regions of Texas and Louisiana Mottled Ducks nest primarily in dense stands of cordgrass. Other grasses and bush-forming plants also are utilized as nesting cover, but to a lesser extent.
Breeding:
The breeding habitat is coastal marshes in the southeastern USA, just extending into Mexico. The nest is built on the ground amongst vegetation.
Diet:
Mottled Ducks feed by dabbling in shallow water, and grazing on land. They mainly eat plants, but also some mollusks and aquatic insects.
Migration:
The mottled ducks are non migratory birds that remain the southeastern part of the country extending into northern Mexico.
Flyway Patterns:
The mottled duck can be most commonly found along the Atlantic flyway.
Flight Formation:
Small flocks in "V's" or an angular line. Short rapid wing beats, reaching speeds of 60 MPH.
Voice:
The Mottled duck has a loud QUACK.



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